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Fibromyalgia Treatment London

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and low mood. Symptoms often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, infection, surgery, or significant stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders,
irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

•Increased sensitivity to pain.

•Fatigue (extreme tiredness).

•Muscle stiffness.

•Difficulty sleeping.

•Problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog") – such as problems with memory and concentration.

•Migraine or tension headaches.

•Digestive issues: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating or GERD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder).

• TMJ (Tempero-mandibular disorder) - involving symptoms affecting the face such as jaw pain, jaw clicking and ringing in the ears.

• For some patients it may also be tender to touch or apply pressure to affected muscles, joints and even the skin.

What are the causes of fibromyalgia?

There are many factors that can be involved in the process leading to CFS/ME and fibromyalgia:

• The head may be traumatised at birth. This occurs more so in first-born children. Forceps or ventouse delivery can also put pressure on the baby’s head.

• Genetics could also play a role in your chances of acquiring fibromyalgia. For instance, there may be a genetic predisposition affecting the normal development of the back or head. 

• Trauma to the head or spine years before developing the condition may have occurred in early childhood.

• Teenagers are also prone to postural disturbance and teenagers who are very sporty or high achieving could have pushed themselves to the limit.

• A viral, bacterial or fungal infection can also trigger symptoms, leading to a breakdown in the normal function of the sympathetic nervous system. The lymphatic system which is responsible for our body’s drainage is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system. When this system is functioning poorly toxins may be pumped in the wrong direction, which can add further toxins to the sympathetic nervous system. As toxicity builds up, this can affect brain function.

• The main organ in the brain to be affected by poisons is the hypothalamus, which is the control centre for the hormones and sympathetic nervous system. The latter helps the body cope in times of stress. There is often a toxic cocktail brewing in the hypothalamus which leads to an overload of the sympathetic nervous system which will have been affected by other stress factors such as physical, emotional, allergic or infection, in the years leading up to the illness.

• One of the functions of the Cerebrospinal fluid is drainage. This fluid surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Some poisons caused by toxins from a polluted environment enter the brain and spinal cord, and then flow out through minor perforations in the skull and minor channels in the spine into the lymphatic system.

• More so in fibromyalgia (FMS) rather than CFS/ME, the toxins affect the pain centres in the brain, making the patient more sensitive to any pain stimulus in the body. 

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What is the difference between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are two very similar conditions that are due to a disturbance in the lymphatic system of the central nervous system. The main feature of fibromyalgia is pain in all four quadrants in the body. This involves widespread severe pain in all parts of the body, not just aching muscles or minimal discomfort.

The toxins in fibromyalgia predominantly affect the nuclei of the brain that controls pain. This widespread pain is the most common feature in fibromyalgia rather than in CFS/ME where the toxins mainly affects areas of the brain responsible for coping with change and preventing numerous other physical, emotional and cognitive issues.

However CFS/ME and fibromyalgia share many of the same common physical findings that we use to aid a diagnosis of both conditions. 

There is much evidence to show that fibromyalgia, similar to CFS/ME, also arises from disturbed connections between the central autonomic nervous system, hormonal system and immune system.

We can help with fibromyalgia in the same way that we address CFS/ME using The Perrin Technique treatment. The treatment is very similar to how we address patients with CFS/ ME but we are mindful of using less effleurage on the skin so as not to cause any further pain.

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